If you’re trying to figure out if you work in one of the safest—or least safe—states for high school students, consider: California has the lowest rate of bullying, but students in the Golden State are also the most likely to be exposed to illegal drugs and is plagued by school shootings, according to a new report from Scholaroo, a scholarship search firm that researches K12.
School shootings are most common in Texas and Georgia and least likely to occur in Rhode Island and Hawaii.
Overall, the safest states for high school students are those where the risk of threats, fights or injuries with a weapon and exposure to illegal drugs on school property are low. Almost all southern states are at the bottom of the list—along with two northeastern states, Pennsylvania and New York—due to the highest likelihood of school shootings, more students carrying weapons, and high rates of sexual assault on school property.
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Safest states for high school students
Here are Scholaroo’s overall rankings, starting with the safest states:
- New Jersey
- South Dakota
- New Hampshire
- New Mexico
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- North Dakota
- West Virginia
- New York
- North Carolina